Last night, two teams of La Mariposa teachers were awarded monetary grants from the IMPACT II Award program, sponsored by Amgen and the Ventura County Office of Education. The IMPACT II program website states this as their purpose: “The purpose of IMPACT II is to spread excellent teaching ideas throughout our county. Recognizing innovative teachers at the awards dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the true heroes and heroines in our communities.”
The 1st grade team (Tiffany Armas, Karen Davis, Chris Elliott, Angela Jaquez, and Hope Richards) received their award for the unit titled “Emperors, Macaronis and Faries, Oh My” focuses on non-fiction reading, writing, and science. Students immersed themselves in the world’s penguins. This type of learning ‘across the content areas’ allows for higher order thinking and deeper understanding.
La Mariposa 2nd grade teachers, Christie Kyriacou and Stacey Quiles, embarked on a service learning project titled “Project Possible.” This unit, as well, evoked meaningful learning by giving students the opportunity to use their math and writing skills, while they built on their understanding of science and social studies concepts. As students learned how to count and sort money, they did so in the context of helping others. They created stores, assuming the roles of producers and consumers. In the end, the money the students collected and counted was turned into a sizable donation of new clothing for children living at Casa Pacifica. The 7 and 8 year old students in Room C-2 learned how they can make a difference for local children.
La Mariposa is proud of the meaningful and innovative work our teachers and students do. These two units of study exemplify the La Mariposa goal of “Educating and Inspiring Every Child.”